Graham feels blessed by top coach award

May 25, 2016
Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer Lennox Graham during the World Championships in Beijing.

Veteran hurdles coach Lennox Graham, who was named the Atlantic Region Women's Track and Field Coach of the Year in the United States on Monday, said he has achieved his short, medium and long-term goals with the coveted award.

Graham, who thanked God for a "major blessing", was named the Atlantic Region Women's Coach of the Year by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association "I am feeling very blessed for sure. First of all, you have to get coach of the year from your conference, and to get it from my region is a big blessing," he told STAR Sports.

The Jamaican is the head coach of Johnson C. Smith University Men's/Women's Track and Field Cross Country Programme, where he is currently in his eighth year of guiding the Golden Bulls.

He won the programme's fourth CIAA Championship earlier this year, with his squad holding top spot in the national ranking.

"It (coaching) comes with a lot of challenges which people don't see, but we persevere and continue," Graham said.

There are four major conferences encompassing 45 institutions in the Atlantic region.

It is Graham's first time winning the top award.

"You don't start a season thinking about awards. For coaches, the real deal is athletes; we focus on producing them, but when we get awards like these, we feel a big level of appreciation."

Graham is responsible for conditioning outstanding athletes such as 100m hurdles World champion Danielle Williams, her sister Shermaine, as well as 400m hurdler Leford Green.

The coach is also a former Kingston College student with over 14 years of coaching experience at the junior and senior levels. He led his alma mater to six Boys' Championships wins.

He is a 1984 graduate of Alabama State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. Graham earned his master's degree in business administration from the University of New Orleans in 2006.

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